Rep. Martin Causer (R-Turtlepoint) announced the availability of more than $2 million in funding to help area school entities with health and safety measures necessary to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
“We all want to see our students return to their classrooms this fall, and school officials are working hard to develop plans to do so safely,” Causer said. “These funds will help with the implementation of those plans.”
Under Act 30 of 2020, each school district is eligible for $120,000 plus an amount based on its average daily membership. Intermediate units, area career and technical schools, and charter schools are eligible for $90,000. School districts in the 67th Legislative District are eligible for the following amounts pending submission of a completed application:
- Austin Area School District: $126,020
- Bradford Area School District: $217,711
- Cameron County School District: $143,677
- Coudersport Area School District: $151,069
- Galeton Area School District: $133,019
- Kane Area School District: $164,857
- Keystone Central School District: $291,261
- Northern Potter School District: $140,635
- Oswayo Valley School District: $135,411
- Otto-Eldred School District: $145,736
- Port Allegany School District: $154,002
- Seneca Highlands Career and Technical Center: $90,000
- Smethport Area School District: $151,057
Eligible uses for the funding include the purchase of cleaning and sanitizing products; training and professional development of staff on sanitation and minimizing the spread of infectious diseases; equipment purchases; modifying existing areas to support appropriate social distancing of students and staff; providing mental health services and supports; purchasing educational technology for distance learning; and other health and safety programs, items or services necessary to address COVID-19.
The grants are funded through the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act. For more information about the grant program and how to apply, visit www.pccd.pa.gov.